0304

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
0304
Studio album by Jewel
Released June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
Recorded Conway Studios
(Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Genre
Length 53:25
Label Atlantic
Producer
Jewel chronology
This Way
(2001)
0304
(2003)
Goodbye Alice in Wonderland
(2006)
Alternative cover
European cover
Singles from 0304
  1. "Intuition"
    Released: May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)
  2. "Stand"
    Released: October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
  3. "2 Become 1"
    Released: December 16, 2003 (2003-12-16)

0304 is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Jewel. It was released on June 3, 2003 by Atlantic Records. Inspired by the sudden success of scoring a number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Serve the Ego"—the final single from her previous album, This Way—in early November 2002, Jewel decided to make a radical departure from her previous folk-oriented musical efforts and recorded a dance album.

Background[edit]

Within the liner notes to 0304, Jewel includes a note to her fans, explaining, "This album may seem different to you."[1] According to herself, the album is a result of Jewel's desire to create a "modern interpretation of big band music. A record that (is) lyric-driven, like Cole Porter stuff, that also has a lot of swing...that combined dance, urban, and folk music."[1] Jewel is teaming with producers Lester Mendez (Shakira, Enrique Iglesias) and Rick Nowels (Madonna).[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[3]
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[5]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
Jam! mixed[6]
musicOMH favorable[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine C[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

0304 received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic gave to album 4.5 out of 5 stars, stating that "it's the first album of hers that's a sheer pleasure to hear."[1] Erlewine also wrote that "she puts herself out on the line more than she ever has, and she's come up with her best record, with her best set of songs and best music yet."[1] Ron Slomowicz from About.com gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, declaring that "the album is balanced by dance pop that you would expect to hear on a Britney album."[3] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine was also positive, writing that "the album breaks little musical ground and is, in fact, more pop than electronica, but it also presents one of the most startling—yet oddly fitting—transformations in pop history."[9] Cinquemani also compared the album to Madonna's Ray of Light (1998) and American Life (2003).[9] Barry Walters from Rolling Stone agreed with Cinquemani and wrote that the album "is essentially a wanna-be version of Madonna's American Life."[8] Walters also wrote that "she's found herself an artificial flavor that tastes good."[8] A positive review also came from Uncut, who wrote that "The tunes are stunning, her voice has never sounded better and she makes serious points few others would dare in a pop context."[11] Brian Hiatt from Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B− and declared that the "unexpected dance-pop vibrancy makes it Jewel's best album."[5]

The album also received some mixed reviews, with some critics criticizing the change of style adopted on the album. Alexis Petridis from The Guardian wrote, "Like Robbie Williams's Escapology, 0304 virtually knocks itself out in its attempts to win over the US public", while commenting that she looks "desperate and "uncomfortable" on the album.[2] Darryl Sterdan from Jam! ironically said that the album "isn't going to save her soul—or anyone else's."[6] Caroline Bansal from musicOMH wrote that the album "is an enjoyable 54 minutes of pop, full of catchy, chirpy songs, proving Jewel's ear candy as well as eye candy credentials. The album could be the soundtrack of a summer's day at the beach, or for getting ready for a girly night out."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

0304 became the highest-debuting album of Jewel's career, entering the Billboard 200 at number two with 144,000 copies sold in its first week.[12] It earned a gold certification from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) one month after its release, on July 14, 2003,[13] and had sold over 771,000 copies in the United States as of June 2010.[14]

Singles[edit]

The music video for the lead single, "Intuition", featured a more "sexed-up" Jewel, showing cleavage and wearing a white T-shirt sprayed with water, although it was done in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. After the limited performance of follow-up single "Stand", Atlantic Records rushed a third track, "2 Become 1", to radio stations, but refused to allow Jewel to film a video.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jewel Kilcher and Lester Mendez, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stand"     3:13
2. "Run 2 U"     3:38
3. "Intuition"     3:49
4. "Leave the Lights On"     3:22
5. "2 Find U"     3:16
6. "Fragile Heart"  
  • Kilcher
  • Anthony Bell
3:33
7. "Doin' Fine"     3:14
8. "2 Become 1"  
4:40
9. "Haunted"     4:52
10. "Sweet Temptation"  
4:09
11. "Yes U Can"     4:01
12. "U & Me = Love"     3:36
13. "America"     3:40
14. "Becoming"     4:22
Notes
  • The UK edition has the same cover art as that of the edition released in the rest of Europe, but is otherwise identical to the main release.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of 0304.[15]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[29] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[30] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 771,000[14]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States[31] June 3, 2003 Atlantic Records
Japan[32] June 11, 2003 Warner Music
Australia June 23, 2003
Germany[33] September 1, 2003
United Kingdom[34] Atlantic Records
Australia February 9, 2004 (tour edition) Warner Music

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "0304 – Jewel". AllMusic. Retrieved November 12, 2004. 
  2. ^ a b c Petridis, Alexis (August 22, 2003). "Jewel: 0304". The Guardian. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Slomowicz, DJ Ron. "Jewel – 0304 CD Review". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "0304 – Jewel". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Hiatt, Brian (June 20, 2003). "0304 (2003): Jewel". Entertainment Weekly (Time): 71. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Sterdan, Darryl (June 5, 2003). "Album Review: 0304". Jam! Canoe.ca. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Bansal, Caroline. "Jewel – 0304 (Atlantic)". musicOMH. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Walters, Barry (June 2, 2003). "Jewel: 0304". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  9. ^ a b c Cinquemani, Sal (June 6, 2003). "Jewel: 0304". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 29, 2007. 
  10. ^ Burns, Todd (September 1, 2003). "Jewel – 0304". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Jewel – 0304". Uncut. IPC Media. October 1, 2003. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ Martens, Todd (June 11, 2003). "Metallica Rages With Chart-Topping 'Anger'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 3, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b "American album certifications – Jewel – 0304". Recording Industry Association of America. July 14, 2003. Retrieved July 28, 2010.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ a b Cohen, Jonathan (June 18, 2010). "Ask Billboard: Jewel, Ciara, Ricky Martin". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ 0304 (CD liner notes). Jewel. Atlantic Records. 2003. 83638-2. 
  16. ^ "Jewel – 0304". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Jewel – 0304" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Jewel – Chart history: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Jewel – 0304" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Jewel – 0304" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Jewel / Longplay" (in German). Media Control. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Jewel – 0304". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Jewel – 0304". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Jewel – 0304". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Jewel – 0304". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Chart Log UK: 1994–2008". The Zobbel Website. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Jewel – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  28. ^ "2003 Year End Charts – Top Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard.biz Prometheus Global Media. December 27, 2003. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jewel – 0304". Music Canada. February 11, 2004. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  31. ^ "0304: Jewel". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  32. ^ "0304" (in Japanese). Warner Music Japan. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Jewel – Veröffentlichungen" (in German). Warner Music Germany. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  34. ^ "0304 (CD)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 

External links[edit]